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TBLC – Featured Module: Feedback, Reinforcement, and Intrinsic Motivation

Thursday, November 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
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This month’s featured module is “Feedback, Reinforcement, and Intrinsic Motivation.” The module was developed by Dr. Karla Kubitz, reviewed, and published to the Resource Bank in the Summer of 2016. The “Feedback, Reinforcement, and Intrinsic Motivation” module was designed for a course called Psychology of Sport. Psychology of Sport is a required class for undergraduates majoring in Physical Education/Teacher Education and Sport Management. It is also a possible free elective for students in any major across campus. Students are typically junior or senior standing and must have completed an introductory psychology class.

The module focuses on 15 learning goals. The learning goals are:

  1. Distinguish the terms involved in stimulus response theory, including positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, punishment, response cost, shaping, extinction, backward chaining, and forward chaining.
  2. Recognize the guidelines for using positive reinforcement effectively.
  3. Recognize the common criticisms of punishment.
  4. Identify the purpose and the six components of the acronym TARGET.
  5. Describe the methods and the key findings of the Komaki & Barnet (1977) study.
  6. Distinguish terms involved in self-determination theory, including integrated regulation, identified regulation, introjected regulation, external regulation, and amotivation.
  7. Identify the location of the ‘threshold of autonomy’ on the continuum of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation (i.e., the self-determination continuum).
  8. Interpret the model illustrating cognitive evaluation theory.
  9. Interpret the flow model.
  10. Compare and contrast stimulus response theory and self-determination theory.
  11. Apply cognitive evaluation theory.
  12. Apply the acronym TARGET to the situation in the movie, Miracle on Ice.
  13. Apply the flow model to the situation in the movie, Miracle on Ice.
  14. Apply stimulus response theory to the situation in the movie, Miracle on Ice.
  15. Apply self-determination theory to the situation in the movie, Miracle on Ice.

The “Feedback, Reinforcement, and Intrinsic Motivation” module includes a nine question RAT and one Application Exercise.

This module and many more can be found in the TBLC Resource Bank. Click here to log in to the Member’s Site.

Did you know that you can submit your own module to be peer reviewed by fellow TBLC members and included in the TBLC Resource Bank? Click here to download the Resource Bank submission form and e-mail it to

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